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Riverwalk submerged by flood; Ocmulgee River begins receding

Most of The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail was submerged Sunday when the Ocmulgee River crested at 23.59 feet about 2p.m.

Chocolate-brown water pooled at the Spring Street boat landing and lapped at the base of swing seats in the park at more than 5 1/2 feet over flood stage of 18 feet.

Between 8 a.m. Saturday and the same time Sunday, 2.96 inches of rain had fallen in Macon in a series of storms that chugged through the state with a complex weather system blamed for severe weather in its path.

The National Weather Service recorded a range of 5.25 inches in Albany and Alma to .34 of an inch in Rome during that 24-hour period. In Columbus 3.46 inches of rain fell compared with 1.10 in Peachtree City, 1.65 in Savannah, 1.52 inches in Athens and .99 of an inch in Atlanta.

Run-off into creeks, streams and rivers have prompted flood warnings along the Ocmulgee, Oconee, and Flint rivers in Middle Georgia.

The Ocmulgee River is expected to drop below flood stage Tuesday night in Macon but the trail may not be cleared of mud and debris until later in the week.

As the river recedes in Macon it will flood in Abbeville. The Hydrologic Prediction Service of the The National Weather Service expects the water to hit 13.2 feet by Friday, which is 1.2 feet over flood stage of 12 feet.

A flood warning is issued for the Ocmulgee in Hawkinsville, which is expected to flood Wednesday morning.

The Oconee River in Milledgeville crested early Sunday at 31.96 feet which is 4.96 over flood stage of 27 feet. By 4 p.m. Sunday the water had already dropped to 25.73 inches, according to the HPS.

The Oconee is expected reach flood stage of 21 feet at Dublin late Wednesday and crest at 22.2 feet Thursday morning.

A flood warning is still in effect for the Flint River in Crawford, Taylor, Talbot and Upson counties but is expected to drop below flood stage of 18 feet in Carsonville sometime this morning.

A high water warning is posted for the Flint River near Montezuma where the Flint is expected to reach near 19.1 feet by Tuesday.

Although flood stage is 20 feet, the Georges Landing parking lot floods at 18 feet.

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